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Mixed fortunes for Silverstone Cricket Club

Author: John Fowler Published: 6th August 2019 15:33

Wesley SteenkampWesley Steenkamp

First team v Byfield (away)

This always promised to be a tough fixture and so it proved. Byfield won the toss and elected to bat first. Their score had reached 68 before Ed Hill was caught by Marc Davis bowled by Ryan Knight for 42. Lloyd Parkinson was out soon after (71-2) LBW to Knight and Tariq Jamil bowled by Ollie Starbuck (86-3). Ross Atkins and J Andrews reached 124 before Atkins was caught Sean Gardiner bowled by Graeme Cessford. On 158 the fifth wicket fell with Sam Brough caught by Knight bowled by Gardiner. This soon became 160-6 when Andrews was bowled by Gardiner and 177-7 with Gareth Andrews also bowled by Gardiner. Byfield's innings ended with a challenging target of 182-7 from their 40 overs. Gardiner took 3-28, Knight 2-12, Cessford 1-25, Starbuck 1-17, supported by Davis 0-29, Duncan Fossey 0-25 and Sean Stokes 0-30.

Silverstone needed a solid reply but lost Cessford (29) and Starbuck (5) both with the score on 36. Knight (5) was dismissed 51-3 followed by Fossey (3) 55-4. The score reached 74 when Stokes was out for 20. David Hayle was out for 1 (81-6) and Richard West 13 (81-7). Gardiner was bowled for 2 (89-8), Will Thomas 5 (93-9) before the final wicket fell on 97 with Andrew Benyon out for 4. Davis was 0 not out.

The results sees Silverstone slip to second place with three games of the Premier Division season remaining.

Second team v Preston Bissett (home)

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first with their hard hitting captain, Harin Sellahewa, and Henry Judge opening the innings. Judge was soon bowled by Andrew Key (2) 10-1 quickly followed by Steve Judge (0) 14-2 bowled by Fergus Moran. On 26 Sellahewa was bowled by Key and at 28 the fourth wicket fell with Ryan Watson also bowled by Key. B. King was caught by Jack Harris for Key's fourth wicket (38-5). When G King was caught by Kieran Judd from the bowling of Jack Harris the score was 49-6. Kevin DeSilva was LBW to Harris (49-7). Key was denied his fifth wicket (and the opportunity to buy a jug of beer) when he tempted the batsman to offer Judd another catch, which was dropped. Judd, however, took the opportunity to improve his bowling figures by bowling Jackman next over (53-8) before Virgo was caught by Bruce Benyon from the bowling of Wesley Steenkamp (63-9) and John Scott was bowled by Judd (70 all out). Key finished with 4-14, Harris 2-8, Judd 2-11. Steenkamp 1-6 and Moran 1-17.

Andrew Payne and Benyon opened the reply for Silverstone. Benyon played around a straight one and was bowled for 4 (11-1). The score reached 28 when Payne (17) was caught by the wicket keeper. Steenkamp and Key took Silverstone to within sight of victory before Steenkamp (15) was caught (60-3). Key (18 not out) and Wayne Gardner (4 not out) saw Silverstone to victory by seven wickets.

This win consolidates Silverstone's position at the top of division four of the South Northants League with two games remaining.

Next Matches:

  • 10th August - first team v Hinton in the Hedges (home)
  • 10th August - second team v Thornborough (away)

Both matches start at 1:30

Match Day Sponsor:

Whittlebury Park


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